Dr. Srikanth is a full researcher in the field of nano-ecotoxicology at the Centre for Environment and Marine Studies (CESAM) & Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, Portugal. His research explores various emerging contaminants, fate of organic contaminants, nanoparticles, heavy metals and other persistent environmental contaminants. As such he has a very wide research portfolio on working with different model organisms from aquatic to terrestrial species. He works with an interdisciplinary research teams. To his credit his work has been published in peer reviewed international journals. He has carried out his doctoral work at Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), CSIR, Hyderabad, India. His research has a strong focus on the Potential Toxic Elements (PTEs) contamination in the Gulf of Mannar, marine biosphere reserve, India, using different demosponge species. At the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Hyderabad, India he gained a lot of experience in the field of analysis and the monitoring of PTEs in all the collected biological matrices using ICP-MS. After graduation, he worked in Andong National University, South Korea, on insect immune system using advanced molecular biology and proteomic techniques. Humoral and cellular mediated immunity in the insect model (Spodoptera exigua) have been studied. Plasmatocyte spreading peptide an insect cytokine from S. exigua was cloned and the effect of various immune challengers on the plasmatocyte spreading were studied. The S. exigua plasmatocyte spreading peptide was silenced by treating the larvae with its specific dsRNA. This work has been published in Arch. Insect Biochem. Physiol.
Koigoora Srikanth Research Interests: Nanotoxicology, Cytotoxicity, Ecology risk assessment, Genotoxicity, Emerging contaminants, Aquatic toxicology, Marine pollution, Biomonitoring.